The recently launched Heli-hub at Rohini has been used for 25 operations so far by various operators, Minster of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Under the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, there is a provision of development of four heli-hubs in the Country, namely Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern .
One of the Heli-hub has already been developed at Rohini, New Delhi. The Rohini Heliport was formally inaugurated on 28 February, 2017 and has provisions for operational facilities and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) as well.
The heliport has the following facilities;
(i) Centrally air-conditioned passenger terminal building having the capacity to handle 150 passengers.
(ii) Four hangers of 3600 sqm area (each hanger with 900 sqm)
(iii) Parking capacity for 12 helicopters
(iv) Refuelling facility and fire services
As per ICAO study – “Economic benefits of civil aviation: ripples of prosperity”, the output and employment multipliers of aviation are 3.25 and 6.10 respectively.
Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched Regional Connectivity Scheme under NCAP which inter-alia permits helicopter operation only among the States of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, North Eastern Region of India, A&N Islands and Lakshadweep Islands.
However, development of regional air connectivity routes is demand driven and left to market force, such that airline operators undertake assessment of demand of supply required on a particular route.
Helipads in States/UT are generally constructed and maintained by State Govt. on requirement basis.